Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Why it's important to go 'All In' when it comes to pursuing your Passion



Last time we talked about "7 qualities artists and entrepreneurs have in common", we've touched base on getting accredited to be professional status.

Today I wish to talk more about the #2 quality: "Passion".

"Passion (from the Greek verb πασχω meaning to suffer) is a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion, a compelling enthusiasm or desire for something.  ~ Wikipedia
"Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks. ~ Yo-Yo Ma

So, "passion" ties into "risks"


I recently read a book called "All In" by Arlene Dickinson - co-star of Dragons' Den.

In this book, she mentioned "get used to being misunderstood".  You may be stereotyped as a "risk taking" person such as quitting your full time giving up financial security. It is because "entrepreneurs care deeply - so deeply that we're willing to take risks others wouldn't take in order to build a better future ..." it takes great passion, dedication, devotion, and courage to do so.

"...To pursue a dream with everything you have and all that you are. There are no half-measures. You have to be all in."

She shared that she had risked money, relationships, possessions, reputation, even health and occasionally lost all of these things at various points in her career, and perpetually tied up in everything: failure. 


So, somehow, "risk" may tie up to "failure".


It's fear of failure that will limit your capacity and block your destiny towards success.

Actually, this reminds me of this quote:

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. ~ Thomas A. Edison
He then developed many devices that greatly influenced our life including the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb


So now "failure" leads to "success".

She continues, "...and when our calculated risks pay off, the rewards extend far beyond simply making us richer."


In the book, she gives a great example of the story of Charles Chang, who began his entrepreneur life at age of 7. When he was old enough to be able to ride the bus alone, he was creative enough to go to  the Vancouver coast to catch fish on Saturday using his net and bucket, then sell the fish to 3 city aquariums for $5 dollars a piece. It was his passion to sell and create mutual benefits.

Many artists started encountering art when they were kids. The passion was already somehow developed in them.

Sometimes this passion continued.
Sometimes this passion was suppressed.
Sometimes this passion got ignited again 10, 30, or maybe even 50 years later.

But it doesn't matter, it's never too late to pursue your passion.



Taking "no" for answer.

Artists are their own salespeople. In sales, getting a "no" answer is not uncommon .

It is critical to adjust the mind that "no" means it is not "yes"... yet.

She gave this following example: Tony Lacavera in his childhood thinking outside the box by digging a trench underneath the fence after his mother banned him from climbing over the fence.

I'm not encouraging disobedience here, yet this kind of mentality he had - not taking "no" as ignoring the "no" - makes him successful.

I will be sharing more about sales techniques soon, stay tuned.



Stoking the fire in your belly.

"You will feel daunted by the challenge. but you will also feel energized" said Arlene. You will never wake up and have that "oh God it's Monday morning" feeling. There is no "yeah TGI Friday" neither, because you just love working.

The is the how great it is if you're able to commit to being "all in". 

Special thanks to Arlene Dickinson. This book is strongly recommended!

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